Esquimalt, the town of stunning seafronts, incomparable parks, urban-design waterways and down-to-earth friendly residents. Soothe your soul and stimulate your imagination as you discover the area’s unique attractions.
Experience West Coast Life
Esquimalt lies just to the west of Victoria within walking and cycling distance of the downtown core. Leafy streets and sidewalks, a wide mix of housing and proximity to nature make Esquimalt a perfect place for families, retirees and anyone else who wants to experience West Coast life.
Esquimalt is located right on the Pacific Ocean and has many parks right on the coast. Macaulay Point offers visitors a chance to practice rock climbing or explore old naval gun emplacements that used to protect Victoria’s harbour. A boat ramp at Macaulay Point also means that West Coast fishing is just minutes away. Just to the west, Saxe Point is a favourite place for picnics and even to stage wedding photos. A broad lawn is great for games of frisbee and exposed rock is perfect for young children to practice climbing. The backdrop of the Olympic Mountains over the Strait of Juan de Fuca is a spectacular sight and available to anyone who lives in this oceanside community.
Recreation Facilities in Esquimalt
The Archie Browning sports complex in Esquimalt is home to a large ice rink that doubles as a lacrosse box. Archie Browning himself got his start in Esquimalt with the famed Shamrock’s lacrosse team. Nearby the Esquimalt Recreation Centre features a gym, a curling rink, a large pool, and athletic fields. Both Archie Browning and the recreation centre are centrally located in Esquimalt, within walking distance of most neighbourhoods.
Esquimalt is home to Canada’s Pacific Fleet and welcomes naval personnel from all over Canada. As a result, there are many opportunities for French language education:
- L’école Victor-Brodeur is a francophone K-12 school.
- Macaulay Elementary School offers English and French Immersion programs.
- Esquimalt High School offers a French Immersion program as well as a Challenge Program for gifted learners.
Esquimalt is part of Greater Victoria School District.
Several shopping centers are located in or quite close to Esquimalt, providing variety and value for residents. Vancouver Island-owned Country Grocer has been recently renovated and features a large produce section and a deli that sells prepared foods. Westside Village Shopping Center in nearby Vic West is home to a Save-On Foods, and Admirals Walk features a Thrifty’s. Esquimalt is also just a twenty-minute walk or five-minute transit ride from the fashionable LoJo shopping street.
Commuting From Esquimalt
Esquimalt is short twenty-minute walk from downtown Victoria, while new bike lanes make a trip by bicycle even shorter.
Esquimalt is also close to the Old Island Highway, which provides quick access to Westshore and the rest of Vancouver Island.
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